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House Lawmakers Expected to Block Sale of US Planes to Iran

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Nov 2016 02:13 PM

House lawmakers are expected to pass legislation barring the Obama administration from facilitating sales of U.S. aircraft to Iran, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Congressional sources told the Free Beacon that Iran aims to use U.S.-made planes to replace its aging aircraft, and that House leaders are setting the vote as a rebuke to Obama's diplomacy with Iran.

The new bill would forbid the Obama administration from giving legal exemptions to Boeing and other companies so they can make deals with Iran. The administration already promised to veto legislation, the Free Beacon notes.

"The American people gave us a mandate to fight radical Islamic terrorism," one senior Republican aide told the Free Beacon. "Preventing aircraft sales to the world's leading terror state is a pretty good start… the Boeing-Iran sale is a great opportunity for President-elect Trump to claim an early national security win."

Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican, told the Free Beacon, "It was a horrible idea at the time and it has proven even worse as we've learned about secret side deals and more unilateral concessions to the Mullahs. But even those who supported the (nuclear deal) should support this bill.

"othing in the Iran deal obligates the U.S. to allow American banks to finance the Islamic Republic's efforts to rebuild its air fleet. "

The White House released a statement saying the bill would remove the U.S. ability to fulfill its end of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran deal. It said the planes would be commercial passenger craft and would be for Iran in "exclusively civil end uses."

According to the Free Beacon, Iran has converted civilian planes to be used by its military before.

Roskam said that Boeing's involvement is "incredibly irresponsible" and this is "not hypothetical. We know the military has requisitioned Boeing planes from Iran Air in the past. Boeing is literally enhancing the military capabilities of the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism."

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin wrote an op-ed saying President-elect Donald Trump must nominate key posts officials who understand the deal, because "Congress and the White House can and should finally get on the same page."

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